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Welcome to Frenchtown Walking Tours!
Each tour covers about half a mile and takes one or two hours depending on how much I remember that day.
Tours cost $15 each and you have to register at email@example.com so I know to show up.
Tour Schedule for 2023
All these tours are on Saturdays
May 13, 2 p.m. Bad Luck & Poor Choices Tour
May 17, 10 a.m., Lower Cemetery Tour
June 10, 2 p.m. Downtown Tour
June 17, 10 a.m. Upper Cemetery Tour
June 24, 10 a.m., Downtown Tour
July 8, 10 a.m. Uptown Tour
July 22, 10 a.m. Bad Luck & Poor Choices Tour
July 29, 10 a.m. Downtown Tour
More tours will be scheduled for August into October.
--If you want to arrange a special group tour for four or more people, send me an email and we'll set it up.
--The tour is free for anyone 18 or younger.
--Dogs are delightful creatures, especially yours, but please don't bring 'em.
--Gift cards are available.
--My big, fat book "Frenchtown" will be available soon. Probably in June. Details forthcoming.
"Don't get me started!"
I came to Frenchtown in 1977 to become editor of the Delaware Valley News. If I'd known I'd be the official borough historian 44 years later, I'd have come here sooner and taken better notes. Lesson learned.
-- Rick Epstein
Five ways to savor
DOWNTOWN TOUR -- covers the Great Fire of 1878, the rise of the Odd Fellows, the oldest house in town, the silent-movie theater, and how Frenchtown got its name.
UPTOWN TOUR -- Doc Mullins' hospital, the doll carriage factory, Frenchtown High School and the Original Terrier, the Doughboy statue, the Barn Theater, and love in 1942.
CEMETERY TOURS -- facts and true stories about Frenchtown people enshrined there.
Lower Cemetery Tour -- It's mostly about people from the 1800s, like Civil War hero Capt. Slater, the prankish T. Powers Williams, and Charlie Slack, who hanged Jeff Davis in effigy.
Upper Cemetery Tour -- It's mostly about people from the 1900s, like the murderous Amos Hart; Frank Barrett, who worked one day a year; and Clarence Doan, the unluckiest man in Frenchtown history.
BAD LUCK & POOR CHOICES TOUR -- the boiler explosion of 1879, the banker who was too smart for his own good (1926), death by lightning (1888), gunfire in the drug store (1939), and why Aaron Burr never slept here (1806).
Rick's Frenchtown history blog
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